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Audio help, tips, and techniques


Whenever you refer to files at, use our permalink-style form for the file within the item. It is of the form

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Audio embedding

This allows you to setup an audio player that serves an item from on another site like Wordpress, a blog, or a website.
NOTE: We've tested EMBED on,, blogs, and Wordpress blogs.

Feature notes:

  • Playlists
    As of mid-January 2012, we support playlists! (see below)

How to embed and options:

  • Example full embed code:
  • You can see our new permalink-style embed codes with our new audio player. Find the player's "controlbar" (where the play/pause, seeking, time, etc. are located).
    Now look for the Internet Archive logo (looks like:
    ) in the "controlbar" and click it for the iframe-based embed code and the linked image "Embedding Tips & Help" (to a page with other examples).
    Some sample ways to customize the behaviour of the "embed" urls, used within the embed code above, follow.
  • Embeds an audio item.
    If the item contains 2+ playable uploaded files, this embeds all of the files within the item by default, sorted "naturally" (mostly alphabetically, via our backend PHP code):
  • Embed audio with "autoplay":
  • Embed audio with clickable "playlist":
  • Embed audio with clickable "playlist" and specific list height:
  • Embed audio with clickable "playlist" *and* "autoplay":
  • Embed a single specific audio file for item with 2+ audio files:
    Notice you use the name of the "original" audio file that was uploaded (and we figure out what additional formats we were able to transcode/"derive" from and then figure out what the audio player can handle).
    NOTE: using a *different* item with 2+ audio files, to show specific single file usage...
  • Advanced/rare: Embed videos or audio from more than one item into a playlist: